Mistakes happen of course, particularly when you are dealing with an evolving global pandemic, but we were surprised to hear the Department of Health was relying on Excel software to migrate public data to its main frame system.
An apt question for International Women’s Day. Yes! says Caroline Criado-Perez, who has managed without any apparent difficulty to fill a 432 page book with just such examples.
No one serious currently gathered in Katowice for the climate change summit disagrees with the aim of increasing the use of alternatives to fossil fuel, but the cost of doing so has concentrated minds this week.
The chancellor’s announcement of new investment for the NHS in Monday’s budget was both expected and welcomed, but recent comments from Sir Mark Walport are at least as newsworthy.
Professor Olhede, our colleague and member of the Hemera advisory board, reminds us this week on BBC Radio 4’s Analysis programme, that algorithms have been with us for thousands of years - the difference between ancient and modern mathematics is of course the sheer volume of data available to us now.
The use of analytics by the Philadelphia Eagles helped without question to secure a record win in the Super Bowl game against the New England Patriots on Sunday.
The ongoing current debate about UK defence spending seems curiously one-dimensional. Opponents of any reductions in expenditure seem unwilling to comprehend how much has changed in modern warfare.
Amidst the psychodrama of this week’s Conservative party conference, one announcement that received scant attention was the PM’s intention to launch a ‘data audit’ on racial disparity.
So the Germans have voted, albeit with less gusto, for Angela Merkel to remain the mother figure of the nation. To what do her supporters attribute her ongoing personal appeal in spite of some resistance to her policy agenda?